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University alumni offer advice to incoming students returning to campus – UNIVERSITY PRESS

University alumni talk about how students deal with the challenges of navigating college.

From left to right: Shelby Klein, Natalia Boltinskaya and Jordan Zelensky. Drawing by Marcy Wilder with illustrations by Michelle Rodriguez Gonzalez.

The concept of the college experience is a long-standing tale interspersed with ideas about long-term memories, friendships, and academic achievements.

Whether you’re spending an all-nighter in a bedroom or studying alongside an expensive cup of Starbucks coffee, the promise of new experiences and opportunities pops up with each day. However, the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have transformed the concept of the co-college experience from in-person meetings to virtual lectures and lessons.

To celebrate the upcoming arrival of new students, members of the campus community had a few words of advice as students navigate their academic and personal journeys once they arrive on campus at FAU for the first time.

Natalia Boltinskaya, a student majoring in Hospitality and Tourism, explained that the passage of time moves quickly when you first enter college and before you know it, college has come and gone in the blink of an eye.

“As a new student, I wish I knew how fast time really goes. I remember my first day at FAU as if it was yesterday, and I wish I could do it again and appreciate the time I spent at FAU even more. I wish I knew how much time is,” Boltinskaia said. The importance of connecting with FAU staff and professors and making lots of friends and relationships to succeed in your life.”

Jordan Zelensky, who graduated with a BA in Finance, shared the same sentiment as he explained that it was important to make as many contacts as possible with those inside and outside the classroom.

“I wish as a new student you knew the importance of communicating with your professors so that they would know you on a first-name basis and you shouldn’t hesitate to ask for help because most of them are more than willing to help not only with your academic work but advice for future lessons or for your career,” Zelensky said. Your classmates are very important, too. It allows a faster way to get help in class and can lead to great relationships for your future career and friendships that will last a lifetime.”

When asked about upcoming students transitioning from distance education to in-person education, former student Shelby Klein, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies, suggested that new students should take their schedules into account.

“My advice to incoming new students who are transitioning from distance learning to in-person learning is to have a mix of in-person and distance learning classes in their schedules. This should help them ease the transition,” Klein said.

Boltinskaia gave a different perspective, suggesting that new students try to be flexible with change and prioritize time management.

“I know that moving from one controller to another personally can be very difficult, and my advice is to accept that and find a way to deal with it. For example, time management is one of the important skills that you can use to achieve success in your life. Use a blueprint, write down what you have to do And include the amount of time you’ll be consuming,” Boltinskaia said.

Both Plotinskaya and Klein expressed that their worst experiences centered around stress and class challenges. They urged new students to do their best to shift their priorities between academics and personal experiences.

But Zelensky had a different view of the worst part of his college experience.

“The worst thing about college was the Atlantic Dining Hall. While I’ve met so many wonderful people at the Atlantic Food Court and have some great memories from them, the food made me miss a home-cooked meal,” Zelensky said.

Despite the college’s trials and tribulations, Boltinskaia expressed that her first arrival at FAU was the most memorable experience. She advised that any new student should do their best not only to cherish what was to come, but also to be brave on their new journey.

“My best memories started from the first day I arrived at FAU. First year in college for me is the most unforgettable year, living in a dorm, meeting new people every day, and discovering something new about myself. First year is my first year,” Boltinskaya said. Best because everything is so new.” My advice to new students is to enjoy and value the time in college as much as possible. Be brave and don’t be afraid of new beginnings because it’s not where you start, it’s where you end.

Darlene Antoine is the feature editor for University Press. For information regarding these or other stories, email them at [email protected]

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